National Maritime Museum Marks World Oceans Day 2021

Young visitors explore The Great Map at the National Maritime Museum (Image Courtesy: National Maritime Museum, London)


The National Maritime Museum (NMM) has collaborated with Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis’s national children’s arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales, to create an exclusive audio adventure to mark World Oceans Day 2021 and imagine a future in which Ocean Unite’s 30×30 vision is realised.

30×30 is a call to action, spearheaded by Ocean Unite, to safeguard at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 through a network of highly protected marine areas where no destructive or extractive activities like fishing or mining can take place.

Ahead of World Oceans Day on 8 June, NMM will launch ‘Seastories’ and host a day of outdoor family activities to mark the fourth consecutive World Oceans Day on 5 June 2021.

‘Seastories’ invites visitors to learn about marine habitats, ecosystems, marine industries and currents. Although the ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface it is still under-protected, with only 2% strongly protected from destructive or extractive activities. Strong protection of at least 30% of the ocean is needed by 2030 to build the resilience of ocean life to adapt to climate change and buffer it from other threats like overfishing.

The first episode of this epic adventure will be launched to celebrate World Oceans Day on 5 June. ‘Seastories’ is a hybrid of documentary-style information, fictional narrative and immersive poetic experience. The adventure takes the listener to the imagined future of 2030, where strong protection of our oceans has been achieved, resulting in healthier ecosystems, climate change mitigation through protection of coastal habitats, safe havens for threatened species and greater species diversity, and livelihoods and food for all. Ocean Unite estimate that protecting 30% of the ocean would create 150,000 to 180,000 full-time jobs, mirroring the United Nations World Oceans Day 2021 theme of ‘Life and Livelihoods’.

‘Seastories’ is designed by secondary school aged students and facilitated by expert creatives and technicians to create an audio narrative for an audience of all ages. The adventure will be accessible on visitors’ phones via QR codes and experienced through visitors’ headphones as they explore the National Maritime Museum.

Sea News, May 13

Baibhav Mishra
Author: Baibhav Mishra

Associate Editor, Sea News